Welcome to the Chubby Chatterbox Newsletter, where I’ll be posting favorites from the Chubby Chatterbox archives. In addition, my complete thriller Return of the Mary Celeste will soon be serialized here for those who have asked for something beyond a regular post.

My novel is based on a true event, arguably the greatest maritime mystery of all time. In 1872 the crew and passengers of Boston brigantine Mary Celeste abandoned their seaworthy ship and its valuable cargo, vanishing in the middle of the Atlantic. Speculation over their fate has never abated. History records that after the Mary Celeste tragedy no one from that fateful voyage was ever seen again. History is about to be rewritten…

Return of the Mary Celeste

Prologue

Tragedy struck the brigantine Mary Celeste on the morning of November 25, 1872. The hourly log was later recovered from the deserted vessel; At 8 a.m. the last notation was made. By 9 a.m. no one remained aboard to chalk the next entry.

Something had terrified Captain Benjamin Briggs and his crew, prompting the seasoned skipper to make a decision certain to affect not only himself, his ship and crew, but his family as well—his wife and two year old daughter were aboard Mary Celeste. Much ink has been spilled in fanciful and scientific attempts to explain the calamity that engulfed this perfectly seaworthy ship, yet all that is known for certain is this: in a matter of minutes Captain Briggs became convinced that the only way to save their lives was by ordering everyone into a hastily launched lifeboat. By giving the order to abandon ship, he also launched the greatest of all maritime mysteries.

On December 5, 1872, a month after leaving New York Harbor, Mary Celeste was found drifting on a calm and empty sea. The ship was in fine condition, perfectly intact with valuable cargo safely stored in her hold, but the crew and passengers had vanished. None were ever seen again.

Until now….

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Illustrations - Click to Enlarge Image


Based on an Emily Dickinson poem comparing bees to pirates
Based on an Emily Dickinson poem comparing bees to pirates
Design for Christmas card
Design for Christmas card
Cover for financial brochure
Cover for financial brochure
Convention Poster for Oregon Association of Nurserymen
Convention Poster for Oregon Association of Nurserymen
Escape
Escape
Pied Piper
Pied Piper
Blind Cat
Blind Cat
Political Editorial Piece
Political Editorial Piece
Swan King
Swan King
Cover for legal magazine
Cover for legal magazine
The Goose and Golden Egg
The Goose and Golden Egg
Anne of Claws (After Holbein's Anne of Cleves)
Anne of Claws (After Holbein's Anne of Cleves)
Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Published cover for book on financial advice
Published cover for book on financial advice
Tilting at Windmills
Tilting at Windmills
Magazine Cover
Magazine Cover
Cat and Canary
Cat and Canary
The Island
The Island
Power Pyramid
Power Pyramid
Chubby Chatterbox Logo
Chubby Chatterbox Logo
Bug Man (acrylic on panel)
Bug Man (acrylic on panel)
Fox and Hens (acrylic on panel)
Fox and Hens (acrylic on panel)
Bloomberg Mag. article on Rhino Records (acrylic)
Bloomberg Mag. article on Rhino Records (acrylic)
Magic Paintbrush (acrylic on panel)
Magic Paintbrush (acrylic on panel)
Up a Creek Without a Paddle
Up a Creek Without a Paddle
Money Squeeze
Money Squeeze
Head in the Sand
Head in the Sand
In the Woods
In the Woods
Meet the Chatterbox
Stephen Haynes